There were a number of events happening around the country over the weekend to celebrate International Race Relations Day (better known as 'Race Relations Day). This year's theme is 'Welcoming Diversity', and the Human Rights Commission is urging New Zealanders to make an effort to get to know people of different ethnicities living their community.
Auckland International Cultural Festival
Sights, sounds, and smells from all over the world came to Auckland in a celebration of culture and diversity.
A variety of groups representing the city's diverse ethnic mix brought their music, dance and food to the Auckland International Cultural Festival at the Mt Roskill War Memorial Park, an event that saw over 10,000 families in attendance.
The 2016 ASB Polyfest
Also taking place over the weekend was the ASB Polyfest, an amazing three-day showcase of the colours and cultures of New Zealand. The event was, as always, a great way to welcome diversity in our communities.
Race Relations Day Celebrations in Pakuranga Plaza
On March 19, MECOSS & the Race Relations day Committee hosted Race Relations Day celebrations at Pakuranga Plaza. The Maori, European, Chinese, Korean, and Indian communities enthralled the crowds with a variety of wonderful performances.
Dame Cath Tizard, the former Governor General New Zealand, was in attendance as the VIP guest.
The highlight of the day was an amazing performance by four young boys from the Punjabi Cultural Society. They were a real hit with the crowd, whose appreciation was met with an encore performance and a promise to once again star in next years celebrations.